Shrovetide Walk to get much-needed upgrade

Ashbourne Communities CIC (AshCom) is working in partnership with Derbyshire Dales District Council on a much-needed upgrade to Shrovetide Walk in the town centre. The not-for-profit organisation has drawn up design ideas to resurface the grass area and introduce new seating and planted areas to help make it more attractive for people to use. A new Shrovetide arch is also being considered to raise awareness of the link to the Ashbourne Royal Shrovetide Football game and to pay homage to the importance of the game locally.

“The redesign of Shrovetide Walk provides a real opportunity to make the area an important focus locally. Running the Thursday Market and talking to customers for nearly a year has given us a good insight of the area and we decided early on that it needed upgrading. The group also thought the site was ideally placed to highlight the wonderful culture of the Shrovetide game and this will bring a much desired and unique chance to better understand the history and facts about Shrovetide that people are telling us is needed in the town” added the Chair of AshCom Sue Bridgett.

Derbyshire Dales District Council Leader, Cllr Garry Purdy said:

“On becoming Leader, I committed to focusing on tasks that needed our attention in Ashbourne and I am delighted with the progress in and around the town, where, in the background to the massive Pavilion in the Park project, so much good work is being carried out to revamp the Recreation Ground and its play area as we work towards Green Flag status in 2022. 

“But the work continues and that's why we are now looking forward to working in partnership with AshCom on this new and exciting community led project to further improve Shrovetide Walk, which was created with council funding. We will be investing further funds from our capital programme and will be supporting and encouraging AshCom as the development takes shape.” 

After productive meetings with Derbyshire Dales District Council and Ashbourne Town Council, AshCom is looking forward to progressing the plans with support from District Council officers and going out to firms who can help deliver the project this year

“We would encourage more people to get on board with this project and help AshCom to find the remaining funding and help with making this project a reality. Please have a look at the design and get in touch with us through our website” said Sue

Ashbourne Communities CIC is a community led not-for-profit organisation set up specifically with the aim of initiating and developing projects to protect and enhance the environment and economy of the town and surrounding villages

Contact Sarah Wolfe for more details,


Shrovetide Walk to get much-needed upgrade

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